2014-05-23 / Front Page

Interim superintendent selected

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer


Kevin Crowley Kevin Crowley KENNEBUNK — Members of Regional School Unit 21 school board were outwardly happy Monday night when they voted unanimously to accept Dr. Kevin Crowley, principal at Mildred L. Day School, as interim superintendent.

The board also approved Kathryn Hawes as assistant superintendent. Hawes is the assistant superintendent for Instructional Support Services and Special Programs in the Gorham school system. The board approved Hawes’ appointment unanimously.

Crowley will begin work immediately in preparation for the June 30 departure of Superintendent Andrew Dolloff and Assistant Superintendent Sara Zito. Hawes will officially begin July 1.

“She is the one to have, forget me. She has great experience,” Crowley said of Hawes after adjournment.

Hawes said she is “very excited to be a part of a high-performing district with strong educators.”


Katie Hawes Katie Hawes Hawes is a native of Cape Elizabeth. She has been working in central office as assistant superintendent and director of instructional support for eight years.

RSU 21 and the Gorham school district are “very similar districts in terms of student achievement,” Hawes said.

She lives in Lyman and is looking forward to working closer to home. Hawes is currently a doctoral candidate for educational leadership and public policy at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

Hawes signed a three-year contract, and Crowley signed a one-year contract.

“I’ve been approached (to fill the position) as far back as when Andrew decided he was leaving,” Crowley said on Tuesday morning. “Late last week, when it appeared that they may not have found the candidate in the search process that they needed, at that point I was approached again.”

Accepting the interim position, Crowley said, was in the “best interest for the district and myself. This will allow them to do a comprehensive search.” process that they needed, at that point I was approached again.”

Accepting the interim position, Crowley said, was in the “best interest for the district and myself. This will allow them to do a comprehensive search.”

Crowley does anticipate returning to the principal position at Mildred L. Day School after his year as interim is completed.

“I think I’ve found my niche where I’m comfortable,” Crowley said. “I really, really enjoy what I do. But at the same time, I see this as the challenge and I’m excited to get started on it. I’ll do my best.”

Crowley will receive an annual salary of $123,095 and Hawes will receive $108,000 for each year of her contract.

“I really am excited,” Crowley said. “I think that there are some real challenges out there. I think that this (his appointment), it helps keep all the balls in the air that Sarah and Andrew have so capably brought us down the road towards.”

“I think the most important appointment last night was Katie Hawes,” Crowley said. “She has eight years of experience as assistant superintendent and she brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. I believe that that’s a very strong leadership team to continue the great work that Andrew and Sarah have done.”

Crowley’s position as principal will also be filled by an interim. That process will begin this week.

“Both Andrew and Sarah have been incredibly gracious in their willingness to offer help and support,” Crowley said. “It’s a reflection of who they are as people, and why they are as respected as they are. I think if we come anywhere close to doing the job that those two did, then we would be successful.”

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